Yesterday, NEVS issued a press release, which had it at the second glance at the latest. So much so that some explanations about the possible backgrounds are appropriate. Why is? NEVS and ICONIQ are two new, unknown car brands.
And had NEVS not accidentally bought the former Saab factory before 5 years and started to revive the Saab brand, the company would not interest us. That with Saab and the planned comeback is now over, but it created around 1.000 jobs in Trollhättan and a new plant in China. In addition, one promises to cultivate the Saab heritage.
Yesterday, the communication on cooperation between NEVS and ICONIQ, which is available at NEVS, came. It explains in part the current situation in Trollhättan, perhaps also the personnel changes, and stands for the future direction of NEVS.
Some notes and background information from my page.
"Both companies will cooperate on the development of shared technology for their future vehicles to benefit from the Swedish expertise, to maximize industrial synergies."
ICONIQ presented the Seven in Shanghai a few days ago. He is the first product of the brand and should go 2018 in series. It is being built at the NEVS plant in Tianjin. Both companies want to develop and produce electric cars together in the future. NEVS and ICONIQ will use common platforms for this. Behind it could be more than just a close interdependence, the companies have overlaps in the ownership structure. THT is a partner in both NEVS and ICONIQ. It would be possible for two companies to become one in the short term. That would not be unusual and the Chinese way of creating facts.
"NEVS will develop an E-segment EV Commuter vehicle, with production start 2020."
The E-segment stands for vehicles with a length of 5 meters upwards. According to NEVS information, behind it lies a luxurious, all-electric SUV with up to 7 seats. It will be built from 2020 in both Trollhättan and Tianjiin.
The electric vehicle in the E-segment could be placed similar to the Tesla X model and will be the first globally available product of the NEVS brand.
"The first NEVS 'car to market will be the 9-3 Sedan EV in China, potentially followed by other 9-3 models before the global launch of the NEVS EV Commuter in 2020."
Perhaps more interesting from a blog point of view is the prospect of producing other models based on the Saab 9-3. So far, the sedan has always been mentioned, other variants have not been publicly discussed. But it is also a fact that NEVS was planning a new edition of the 2015-9 sports suit for the 3 model year. That didn't happen and I wasn't sure yet whether NEVS had the rights to the vehicle.
In the meantime we have learned that apart from a few parts that are under GM ownership, the NEVS station wagon could also be reissued. Even with the sedan, GM patents forced NEVS to redesign parts, the 2014 model year "GM-free" came onto the market.
What will be left of the Saab legacy at NEVS is the question that actually drives us. There is movement in Sweden, some things seem possible. In every direction. Before we form a judgment, we should be patient for a few more weeks. NEVS’s first public appearance will be CES Asia in June.
There, according to our information, much more can be seen than just a few apps.